US intermodal rail in ‘fight for flexibility’

ATLANTA — Thirteen months after the US electronic logging device (ELD) mandate for truck drivers took effect, intermodal rail is in a “fight for flexibility”...

US private intermodal outperforming rail-owned units

In recent months, the pace of growth in intermodal domestic container loadings has been slowing. But the top-line figure has masked a significant divergence in the...

Jury still out on ‘precision’ railroading in US

BALTIMORE, Maryland — Precision scheduled railroading (PSR) has been successful in Canada, but shippers...

Canada’s May Rail Freight Traffic Up Nearly 13 Percent

Freight carried by Canadian railways in May rose 12.9 percent year-over-year to 29.3 million metric tons, as the industry saw a “strong” increase in domestic freight traffic compared to May 2012 levels, according to Statistics Canada. The gain was driven by domestic shipments, which more than offset a decline in traffic received...

Crude-by-Rail Terminal to Be Developed in Alberta

U.S. Development Group and Gibson Energy have partnered to expand USDG’s crude-by-rail development to Canada, in turn boosting transportation optionality for Gibson’s Hardisty Terminals customers in Alberta. USDG, a Houston-based developer of rail logistics and terminal facilities, and Gibson Energy, an Alberta-based energy company, have jointly secured customer term commitments to...

Canada’s Rail Freight Traffic Slid 1.8 Percent in July

The Canadian railway industry carried 27.0 million metric tons of freight in July, a 1.8 percent year-over-year decline, according to Statistics Canada. Canada Rail Freight Traffic from July 2012 to July 2013. Full-size image The drop occurred despite a rise in traffic from the U.S., Canada’s national statistical agency said in a...

Indian Railways Hikes Freight Charges

Indian Railways has announced a 15 percent hike in its freight charges for all bulk commodities, effective Oct. 1, as part of a "busy season tariff adjustment." "The busy season charge on all commodities will remain in force from Oct. 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014. Container and automobile segments are exempted...

Wanted: Equipment to Ship Bumper Grain Crop

U.S. farmers expect to harvest bumper corn and wheat crops this year, which should more than reverse the shortfall caused by last year’s drought. The forecast already is lowering commodity futures prices and could give U.S. exports a price advantage over global competitors. At the same time, world demand for...

US Energy Boom Delays Ag Exports Shipped Via Rail

The U.S. energy boom has helped the nation reduce its trade deficit and could pave the way for even more natural gas exports. But the energy bonanza comes at a cost. Rocketing natural gas and oil production appears to be hampering the shipment of one of the United States’ top...

US Rail Industry Agrees to Safety Practices for Oil Transport

WASHINGTON — Following a series of accidents involving trains hauling crude oil, the major U.S. railroads and federal regulators have agreed to series of safety practices, including slower speeds through urban areas and increased inspections. The agreement between the railroads represented by the Association of American Railroads and the U.S. Department...